Increase your appliqué aptitude: 4 fun ways (+ sale!)

Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

Do you tend to shy away from appliqué even when you spot a pattern you adore? Appliqué can be a little intimidating, especially if you’re new to the technique or unsure how to get great results. But have no fear! Today we have four fantastic eBooks on sale that show you how to appliqué by hand or machine using a variety of easy-to-learn methods. With so many helpful hints and how-tos, you’ll find an appliqué technique that you love.

Easy Applique BlocksEasy Appliqué Blocks: 50 Designs in 5 Sizes

If you like the look of traditional needle-turn appliqué, expert Kay Mackenzie provides detailed step-by-step instructions, including dozens of helpful tips, in Easy Appliqué Blocks. The hand needle-turn method gives your appliqué projects a lovely and classic look and is especially fun if you enjoy handwork. Kay details how to prep your pieces either with a freezer-paper-on-top method or a clever back-basting method that requires no templates at all. She also includes instructions for raw-edge machine appliqué as a speedier alternative to hand stitching. Plus you’ll receive 50 super-cute appliqué patterns on which to practice your new skills.

From Easy Applique Blocks
“Fruit Basket,” “Hat,” and “Heart and Buds” from
Easy Appliqué Blocks

Fresh and Fabulous QuiltsFresh and Fabulous Quilts

Cheryl Brown also prefers to use needle-turn appliqué for her designs featured in Fresh and Fabulous Quilts. She has great tips for perfectly placing your appliqué pieces and also explains how to achieve neat and tidy results when stitching four tricky areas: inside curves, outside curves, inside points, and outside points. Try her techniques on the eight fun and cheerful quilt designs in the book.
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From Fresh and Fabulous Quilts
Clockwise from top left: “Every Blooming Thing,” detail of “Have a Heart,” and “L-O-V-E” from
Fresh and Fabulous Quilts

Dutch TreatDutch Treat: 196 Appliqué Blocks Inspired by Delft Designs

The lovely designs in Dutch Treat are inspired by blue-and-white delft ceramic tiles. To get the intricate look of these designs, Judy Garden shows you a surprisingly simple recessed appliqué technique (also known as reverse appliqué). In recessed appliqué, the foreground fabric is trimmed away and turned under to reveal the background fabric. Use the technique to create small or narrow shapes that would be more difficult to appliqué using traditional methods.
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Deft Delft quilt
“Deft Delft” quilt from
Dutch Treat

Machine Applique for the Terrified QuilterMachine Appliqué for the Terrified Quilter

Machine Appliqué for the Terrified Quilter will chase away your fears and have you stitching up masterpieces in no time. If you’re allergic to handwork or just can’t seem to find the time, machine appliqué is an excellent option. Sharon Pederson takes you through the basics, including working with fusible web and foundation paper. She demonstrates a variety of fun and simple machine-stitching methods that result in beautiful and precise appliqués.
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From Machine Applique for the Terrified Quilter
“Xs and Os” from
Machine Appliqué for the Terrified Quilter

A Bit of AppliqueWant even more appliqué advice?

For more appliqué how-tos and inspiration, check out the new book A Bit of Appliqué by Amy Struckmeyer, which includes 17 adorable appliqué projects both big and small.
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What’s your favorite method for appliqué? Hand needle turn? Machine? A combination of both? Tell us in the comments!

Save 40% on select eBooks this week!

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